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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: STACY <>
Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2019 20:34:47 +0100


Sorry for the late response, it's because of the issue i told you i'm
having with my husband, he seized my laptop, i managed to retrieve it
to send this email, my replies might be slow sometimes because i
always hide to send you emails because he monitors me always, i saw
the documents you sent but the 3rd file couldn't download, are you
giving me your word and assurance that once i send the $8,850 dollars,
the compensation ATM card will be delivered to me at the hospital
address i gave you in Kenya? and i can be withdrawing cash from ATM's?
can i transfer money from the ATM to bank accounts? can i use the ATM
card on POS machines and online stores? remember the agent has to wait
for me at the hospital gate and text me that he is their so i can meet
him there, i don't want him calling my phone or coming inside the
hospital because i don't want my husband to meet him, i hope there
won't be any issue if i try to withdraw from ATM's? like i told you
before, i'm a Singaporean married to a Kenyan, we have a private
hospital in Kenya and another hospital in Singapore, so i travel to
Singapore often, if i travel to Singapore can i use the ATM in
Singapore, the limit i can send from western union or moneygram here
is $2000 dollars, so send 3 more names so i can split the cash while

If i send the money tomorrow can the delivery man depart Nigeria for
Kenya the following day with the ATM? answer these questions and give
me assurance, once i get your assurance and more names i will pay the
fee tomorrow.

Awaiting your response,

Dr Stacey

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